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Program on International Law and Armed Conflict

Research guide for Harvard Law School's research program on international humanitarian law and the law of armed conflict.

About this Guide

This is a research guide for the Harvard Law School Program on International Law and Armed Conflict (PILAC). It provides information about helpful resources for the program's research and work.

Research Librarian Jennifer Allison, who is the Harvard Law Library's PILAC liaison, created and maintains this guide. Note that Jennifer will be on leave from Harvard from March 2017 to April 2018. In her absence, Research Librarian Tim McAllister will serve as the PILAC librarian liaison. Please direct your inquiries to Tim during this period.

PILAC Training Class

Click the PDF icon above to access the PowerPoint from Jennifer's training class on October 20, 2014.

The class covered these topics:

  • Asking questions and creating a research outline
  • "Smart" Googling to compile initial information
  • Searching specific sites, like, for information about the topic using the keywords you have learned
  • Building a bibliography of relevant scholarly articles, using Google Scholar, Hollis+, and legal periodical indexes like LegalTrac
  • Researching primary sources, including treaties and customary law

Help from a Librarian

For help, visit the HLSL Ask a Librarian website:  

This site includes links to all of our research guides, contact information for the research librarians (phone, text, email, chat), and a schedule of our training classes.